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Today might be a big day in Beirut

Today Lebanese women are holding a sit-in in front of the Prime Minister's office and residence demanding that equality in the nationality laws be included in the ministerial declaration. I'll be there for sure!

If anyone else happens to be in Lebanon, here are the details. See you there.

Sit-in for Women’s Rights to Nationality: Thursday the 24th of July,
Place : Grand Saray- Beirut
Time : from 3:00 to 4:00 P.M
The new cabinet is drafting its ministerial declaration and we are requesting that this declaration makes specific reference to an egalitarian reform of the nationality code.
The new minister of Interior, Attorney Zyiad Baroud, is a human rights and women's rights activist. He has been a staunch supporter of the nationality campaign. We are glad that he is now in a position where he can play an active role in reforming the nationality law and ensuring that it no longer discriminates against women
Lebanese women do COUNT ON YOUR SUPPORT!!!
Be numerous, and invite your friends!
Keep checking your emails and/or Facebook accounts!
http://apps.facebook.com/causes/causes/show/17486?recruiter_id=1848821&m...

Comments

Lisa's picture

How exciting!!

Wow, I haven't heard anything about this movement in Lebanon! How was the sit-in?? What is the support like for this movement in Lebanon? When is the ministerial declaration going to be released? Are their other related links you could share? It's encouraging to hear that there has been success with the Nationality Campaign in Algeria, Egypt in Morocco!

If you know about any more events supporting the reformation of the nationality law these would be a great addition to the Events page on PulseWire! I look forward to reading your contributions on China!!!

All the best,

Lisa

Anna Sussman's picture

Hi Lisa, Sadly it was not

Hi Lisa,

Sadly it was not too exciting. I mean, I guess it was - it's always exciting to see women gathered together for a good cause, but when we got there it was 1:1 journalist:protester ratio. Eventually some more women showed up, but the nationality issue did not make it into the statement unfortunately. To me it seems like this is a dead issue because of the Palestinians in Lebanon which will always be a sticking point (although of course it is completely sexist because Lebanese men can freely marry and transfer citizenship to Palestinian women, while Lebanese women are painted as dupes who would get used for their nationality were they given the right to grant it).

However I met the director of CRTD-A the NGO behind the campaign, and she is really inspiring. I'll stick a link to their site on Pulse Wire, now that you mention it.

Thanks for your comment.

Sincerely,

Anna

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